The passage starts when Jane has just discovered that Rochester is already married with Bertha Mason, a madwoman who lives in the attic of his house. Jane has to take the worst and probably the most difficult decision in her life as she has to understand who she loves more, Edward or herself. Jane feels torn. She doesn’t want to condemn Rochester to further misery, and a voice within her asks, “Who in the world cares for you?” Jane wonders how she could ever find another man who values her the way Rochester does, and whether, after a life of loneliness and neglect, she should leave the first man who has ever loved her.
Yet her conscience tells her that she will respect herself more if she bears her suffering alone and does what she believes to be right. When Rochester gets aware of her final decision, he grabs her and she succeeds in maintaining the control with difficulty. Then we have a sort of monologue, in which Edward reflect on Jane’s strength and fragility, the main reasons why he loves her, making us understand why he proposed to her even if he was already married; from his words, we can understand that he wants her for her soul and not for her body. Jane tells Rochester that she must go, but she kisses his cheek and prays aloud for God to bless him as she departs. The text is written using the first person narration and the story is told from Jane’s point of view: this let us clearly understand characters’ feelings and thoughts. One of the main point of the extract is the tension between reason and passion, mainly developed in the first part of it, where Jane is trying to decide which is the right way ahead. This struggle continues throughout the passage and it ends with the victory of reason since she says “Farewell for ever”. Jane's attitude toward Mr. Rochester is best characterized as sympathetic because even if she resists him, we understand that she’s in love with him and wants the best for him. The portrait that shines through from the passage is that of a passionate woman because is really hard for her to leave Mr. Rochester, she has to fight against her feelings, she loves him; she’s also analytical as she analyzes the situation very carefully to be sure not to be impulsive, and determined since, despite Mr Rochester attempts to persuade her, she sticks to her decision, but she’s also sensitive as she tries to cheer him up and wishes him the best.
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